Preparedness requires that we all educate ourselves about the threats and hazards likely to occur in our area. There are three important aspects included in good awareness, which include:

  1. Know your threats and hazards: familiarization with the types of disasters common in your are is critical. Hazards that could occur in Colorado include (but are not limited to):
    1. Natural Hazards (e.g. floods, tornados & severe weather, wildfire, winter storms, drought, etc.);
    2. Technological & Accidental Hazards (e.g. train derailment, power outages, Hazmat spills, etc.);
    3. Pandemics & Human Disease Outbreaks (e.g. Seasonal Flu, Avian Flu, SARS, West Nile, Ebola, etc.);
    4. Human-caused threats (e.g. workplace violence, cyber-attack, civil unrest, active shooter, etc.);
    5. Home/Residential Fire
  2. Know basic protective measures for all hazards:
    1. Evacuate: where will you go, where will you meet family or co-workers?
    2. Shelter-in-place: what is the safest place to take shelter at work, school, and home?
    3. Shelter-in-place due to workplace violence or active shooter: can you get out? If not, where can you hide, lock the door, and barricade yourself in until the threat has passed?
  3. Learn about, and register for, emergency alerts at work, school, and home:
    1. Sign up for alerts services through the NWS, local public safety, local media, the Red Cross, and/or campus.‚Äč